Rock FM

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Rock FM
Rock FM logo 2015.png
City Preston
Broadcast area Lancashire
Frequency FM: 97.4 MHz
DAB: 12A
First air date 5 October 1982
Format Contemporary hits
Power 1.4 kW
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Rock FM 2
Webcast Radio Player
Website planetradio.co.uk/rock-fm/

Rock FM is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Lancashire, North West England and some parts of North Wales. Its output is mainly contemporary pop and current chart hits. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's City 1 network of stations. The total survey area of the station for RAJAR is broadly defined as western, southern and central Lancashire including parts of Greater Manchester and Merseyside. But the station is audible on FM from Cumbria down into Wales and towards The West Midlands.

Rock FM and its sister stations Rock FM 2 and Rock FM 3 are based at studios in a converted church (St. Paul's) in Preston. The station can be received across most of north west England and North Wales. Rock FM consistently rates as the number one commercial radio station in its target service area by reach, share and hours. Over a quarter of all adults in its market listen every week.

Overview

Rock FM logo used from 2004 to 2015.

In 1990, Red Rose Radio, which was transmitted on 97.4 MHz and 999 kHz, was split into two stations - Red Rose Rock FM using the FM frequency and Red Rose Gold on the medium wave frequency. The managing director was Dave Lincoln, with Mark Matthews as programme director, and at that time the station was owned by the Miss World Group, later known as TransWorld Communications (owned by Owen Oyston) and which subsequently became part of Bauer Radio (previously EMAP Radio).

Programming

Local programming is produced and broadcast from Rock FM's Preston studios from 6am-10am and 3-7pm on weekdays, 2-6pm on Saturdays and 12-4pm on Sundays.

Rock FM also carries networked programming from sister station Key 103 in Manchester via the Bauer City 1 network. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is syndicated from Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on over 145 commercial radio stations across the UK.

The station's notable network presenters include Darryl Morris, Marvin Humes, and Wes Butters.[1]

News

Rock FM broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays, from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked bulletins on weekend afternoons, usually originating from Radio Aire's Leeds newsroom.

References

  1. ^ [1]

External links

  • Official website
  • Rock FM - DJs

Coordinates: 53°48′N 2°36′W / 53.8°N 2.6°W / 53.8; -2.6

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